April 26, 2010
BOUCTOUCHE (CNB) - A groundbreaking ceremony was held today to start the construction of the Bouctouche Civic Centre.
The event was attended by Premier Shawn Graham, Sen. Rose-May Poirier and Bouctouche Mayor Aldéo Saulnier.
"I am pleased that our government is able to contribute to the construction of this first-class recreational facility," said Graham. "As we work toward achieving self-sufficiency, one of our most important objectives is to keep more of New Brunswick's kids here at home. This facility will improve the quality of life for residents of Bouctouche and Kent County, and it will make this area an even more attractive place in which to be."
The facility will include a National Hockey League-sized ice surface with seating for 1,000 spectators; an indoor walking / jogging track; and a multi-purpose community room. The town hall will also be located there.
"Today's event marks a very important step forward for Bouctouche," said Poirier. "Investing in community facilities such as the civic centre ensures that our communities remain vibrant places for residents to live, work and play. This project, part of Canada's Economic Action Plan, is creating construction jobs now for a building that families will use for years to come."
Poirier was speaking on behalf of John Baird, federal minister of transport, infrastructure and communities.
"Bouctouche has a strong commitment to this project, it will be beneficial for the whole community," said Saulnier. "This will ensure the town's success in promoting sports and wellness and invest in what will become a community facility for a variety of local and regional events. Today is the first of many exciting milestones on the road to building what will be a world-class facility."
On July 15, 2009, the federal and provincial governments announced up to $10 million in funding to support the project. The federal government is investing up to $5 million, and the provincial government is matching this contribution. The Town of Bouctouche and the civic centre committee will provide the remaining funding.
The federal $4-billion Infrastructure Stimulus Fund is a component of Canada's Economic Action Plan. The fund invests in construction-ready infrastructure projects that can be completed by March 31, 2011.
The federal and New Brunswick governments have agreed to work together to ensure that these funds are delivered quickly and efficiently to municipalities in the province.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Bruce Macfarlane, Regional Development Corporation, 506-444-4606; James Kusie, Office of Canada's Transport, Infrastructure and Communities Minister, 613-991-0700; Infrastructure Canada, 613-948-1148.